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Old kenmore runs at choppy when trying to sew

I have an older kenmore sewing machine model #158.17741, when the pedal is depressed the needle moves at a choppy pace,

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Lubricate the machine. All metal against metal places. This should allow the machine to run smoother. This is an older machine and may need to be run full speed for a while to let it break free.

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